Vidya Unified Threat Management using pfSense

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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/166
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best ICT Enabled Higher Education Institute of the Year
Project Name : Vidya Unified Threat Management using pfSense

Details of Applicant
Name : Subramanian S. P
Address : Vidya Academy of Science & Technology Thalakottukara P O Thrissur
City : Thrissur
State : Kerala
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 680501

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : Vidya Academy of Science & Technology
Address : Vidya Academy of Science & Technology,Thalakottukara P O,Thrissur
City : Thrissur
State : Kerala
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 680501
Name of the head of Organisation : S.P. Subramanian
Website : http://vidyaacademy.ac.in

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
Vidya UTM is based on a free Open Source firewall distribution, that is pfSense. The major function of this UTM is to connect the college LAN to the public network/Internet. It protects the LAN from external threats like Spam, Virus, Worms etc. This UTM is used for providing secure and filtered internet services in the college. This UTM also have the facility for monitoring the network traffic at a particular instant or a particular time period.

Why was the project started :

We were looking for an economic and feasible solution for implementing firewall for connecting LAN and Internet. It is Our organizational policy that encourage maximum Free Open Source products for our institutional requirements, to achieve this goal we started working on pfSense and customized it according to our requirements.

Objective :
The main objective of this project is to connect our staff and students to the Internet in a secured manner. Implement Internet access control policies imposed by the organization.

Target group : Whole Campus
Geographical reach : Single Campus
Date from which the project became operational : 2 February 2011
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1. The customized pfSense for Vidya includes mostly all of the features which a commercial firewall has.
  2. All of these things are possible in the web interface, without using any command line interface.
  3. Strong and stable firewall.
  4. pfSense is a stateful firewall
  5. Netwotk Address Translation
  6. pfSense includes a Proxy Server
  7. pfSense includes a Proxy Filter
  8. pfSense includes time based reporting facility.
  9. pfSense includes a Package manger through this we can add more functionalities.
  10. pfSense includes Captive Portal for Wify service.

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1. It is possible to connect the college LAN to the public network/Internet.
  2. It protects the LAN from external threats like Spam,Virus,Worms etc
  3. It is possible to provide filtered profile based Internet service.
  4. It is possible to monitor real time activity and take reports.
  5. It is possible to handle more than one Internet connection & load balancing.

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative

  1. Installing The distribution
  2. Firewall & NAT configuration
  3. Proxy server configuration
  4. Proxy Filter profile creation
  5. Report preparations

List the 5 points how can the programme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1. A Free & Open Source UTM solution
  2. An ordinary PC can be converted in powerful UTM box.
  3. User Friendly Web based interface for administrator & control
  4. Package manger for adding additional functionalities.
  5. Free support like forum, mailing list and IRC

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

  1. Performance improved by adding more hardware resources like Processor, RAM, WAN Cards etc
  2. Package manger for adding additional functionalities.
  3. An update manger is available for regular updates.
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5 Responses to Vidya Unified Threat Management using pfSense

  1. Abhilasha says:

    Excellent …..all the very best…….

  2. Nitin Padmanabhan says:

    I find this to be a useful service.

  3. Praveenkumar M says:

    Nice to read about our college

  4. Manju says:

    congratulations for the nomination for eINDIA 2011 digital Learning Awards
    All the very best…

  5. G. dileep Kumar says:

    Excellent .. keep it up